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Early Decision

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students who have identified Providence College as their first choice may wish to apply Early Decision I or Early Decision II. Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means that students who are admitted to the College through this program are required to withdraw their applications to all other colleges and attend Providence College.​

Early Decision I Application Deadline - November 15
Notification - January 1

Early Decision II Application Deadline - January 15
Notification - February 15

Early Decision applicants will receive one of three decisions:

  • Early Decision applicants will receive one of three decisions: 
    Invite: If an applicant is invited, the student is offered admission for the upcoming Fall term contingent upon successful completion of senior year. You are expected to withdraw your applications from all other schools and enroll at Providence College.
  • Defer: ED I applicants may can be deferred to the Regular Decision applicant pool and ED II applicants may can be put placed on the waiting list
  • Deny: A deny through Early Decision is a final decision, and students who are denied are not eligible to reapply in the same year.

Early Decision Frequently Asked Questions​

What does it mean to apply Early Decision?

The Early Decision (ED) deadlines are in place for students who have identified Providence College as their first-choice college and wish to demonstrate their commitment to attend PC.  The deadline to apply ED I is November 15, and students will be notified of their decision by January 1. The deadline to apply ED II is January 15, and students will be notified of their decision by February 15. Early Decision is a binding agreement for students who are invited to attend Providence College.  You, your school counselor, and a parent or guardian will be required to complete and sign the Common Application Early Decision Agreement at the time of application, and you will be bound by the conditions listed on the form which can be found at www.commonapp.org​.  If invited to Providence College under the ED Program, you will be expected to withdraw your applications from all other schools and enroll at Providence College.

What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

Early Decision is a binding agreement which requires you to withdraw all other applications and attend Providence College if invited, provided you are offered sufficient financial assistance.  Early Action, on the other hand, is not a binding program.  If invited Early Action, you are not obligated to withdraw all other applications, and can still choose which school you wish to attend.  While the Early Action deadline and notification dates are earlier than Regular Decision, you have until the national reply deadline of May 1 to decide whether or not you wish to attend PC. 

If I am applying to PC Early Decision, can I apply to another school Early Action?

Students may apply to only one Early Decision program at a time. This does not preclude you from applying under other schools’ non-binding admission deadlines. If you are admitted to Providence College, you will then be expected to withdraw all other applications and attend PC.

When will I receive my admission decision and financial aid notification?

Providence College will release Early Decision I letters by January 1 and Early Decision II letters by February 15. You can expect to receive your decision via U.S. mail. Any need-based aid or merit-based scholarships will be included in your acceptance packet.

What percent of your freshman class comes through Early Decision?

While it varies from year to year, generally around a third of our first-year class at Providence College was admitted and enrolled through one of our Early Decision programs. Early Decision offers students a competitive advantage in the admission process.

If I wish to apply for financial aid, what is the deadline?

Providence College requires both the CSS Profile and FAFSA forms in order to determine eligibility for need-based aid.  Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website ​for more detailed information about applying for need-based aid and deadlines.

Does Providence College meet full financial need for admitted Early Decision candidates?

While we work to provide the best possible financial aid package for each student in the form of grants, loans, and the Federal Work Study Program, Providence College is not currently able to guarantee that full need will be met for any admission candidates.

Are PC Early Decision candidates eligible for merit scholarships?

Yes, students who apply Early Decision will be considered for merit scholarships. For more information on the requirements, please view the Merit-Based Scholarships website​​.

If I applied Early Action, is it possible to change my application to Early Decision?

Yes. Students who identify Providence College as their first-choice college after applying Early Action, may change their application to Early Decision before the Early Decision deadlines of November 15 or January 15. A student who was deferred Early Action also has the opportunity to change their application to Early Decision II.